Professional Programs & Partnerships
- Workshops and short courses
- Community Economic Development
- Community-engaged research & partnerships
- North Shore Rain Garden Project
- Researching Teaching and Learning for Democratic Participation: An Inquiry into Pedagogy Practices at Simon Fraser University
- Graduate professional programs
- Learning from the Global Pandemic
- Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change
- Engaging the Community to Build Flood Resilience: 12,000 Rain Gardens for the Puget Sound
- Engaging the university community in realizing sustainabiity: a transformational approach
- Engaging Citizens in Bike Lane Proposals: A Toronto Experience
- Climate Narratives
- Women's Participation and Leadership in Climate Solutions
- Prospective Students
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Faculty and Students Weigh in on the Impacts of COVID-19
From finding solutions to research challenges during the pandemic, to imagining pathways to build more equitable and sustainable economies, socially just communities and safer ecosystems, our faculty and students share their expertise, findings and hopes.
They speak out on topics ranging from the fossil fuel industry, food security, community economic development, pandemic economics, increased risk for marginalized communities (people who use drugs, seniors), climate change, relationships between politicians and scientists and health policies during pandemic, and murals for urban change.
May 28, 2020
Summer fieldwork targeting the health of B.C. kelp forests will carry on despite the global pandemic now that applied ecologist, Anne Salomon in the School of Resource and Environmental Management and team and partner First Nations groups have an alternative plan — tapping the benefits of citizen science.
June 24, 2020
Working alongside health officials, Crooks and Schuurman plan to create maps that use sophisticated analysis techniques to show decision makers where to focus COVID-19 mitigation efforts and interventions. The maps will show where in BC people are vulnerable to developing COVID-19 infections, to experiencing challenges in accessing health care and to experiencing health-related secondary impacts of the pandemic.
Geography's Nadine Schuurman and Valorie Crooks are awarded funding for the COVID-19 response research. Their project was also featured by News 1130.
June 3, 2020
In Vancouver, B.C., there are three types of new murals: inspirational works of general encouragement and gratitude toward essential workers; informational murals, conveying warnings and advice; and decorative, largely abstract, paintings adding colour to the plywood.
Eugene McCann, an SFU Geography professor, writes an article for the Conversation.
June 1, 2020
"Being public is essential to social and political life. Political counterpublics, including the growing “climate public” and “mutual aid public,” will be part of any just post-Coronavirus future. As the crisis continues, they are building themselves through various spaces and spatialities of publicness."
Eugene McCann, an SFU Geography professor, is featured in Society + Space.
April 22, 2020
"The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on serious problems in Canada’s seniors’ care system, as nursing homes quickly became the epicenters of the outbreak. These problems are not only due to the greater vulnerability of seniors to the disease, but also to how care is organized and staffed."
Andrew Longhurst, an SFU PhD candidate of geography, & Kendra Strauss, an SFU associate professor of labour studies, co-write an op-ed.
April 14, 2020
Angela Kaida, an SFU associate professor of health sciences, and Valorie Crooks, an SFU professor of geography, write a feature for the Conversation Canada.
The COVID-19 pandemic underscores how importortant it is for scientists and politicians to communicate well and work togetgher more than ever before.
April 1, 2020
"The situation poses a danger for people with addiction issues, who may have to find cheaper alternatives or be forced into withdrawal at a time when the province is trying to contain the spread of novel coronavirus" said Valorie Crooks, a Geography professor and health services expert in an interview for Tri-City News.
Joanna Ashworth, director of Professional Programs and Partnerships pioneered a five-part online series looking at the relationship between COVID-19 and climate change. Each session calls upon different industry professionals whom tackle unique topics related to climate change.
May 23, 2020
Reductions in emissions during pandemic are a drop in the bucket when it comes to atmospheric CO2.
"We have factories, we have vehicles, we have electricity generating plants and we have buildings, and we're not going to be rebuilding them,"
Mark Jaccard, a sustainable energy professor in resource and environmental management, is interviewed.
May 5, 2020
In an op-ed featured in CBC News, Thomas Gunton, professor of planning in the School of Resource and Environmental Management reflects: "It’s taken a global, monumental effort but COVID-19 has shown us what’s possible when we collectively act. So why can’t we do the same for climate change?
April 22, 2020
Kirsten Zickfeld, Geography professor and a member of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and one of the authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Special Report on Global Warming discusses the state of the Earth this Earth day in a c-fax radio interview.
April 13, 2020
How has pollution dropped and the environment rebounded since the pandemic? What lessons should we take from this time? Deborah Harford, executive director, adaptation to climate change team, Simon Fraser University, joined Adam to discuss how COVID-19 has effected the environment and climate change.
April 7, 2020
When the Great Recession struck in 2008, global emissions dropped for the first time in history. “There was a lot of talk about how the response to the financial crisis could be used to climate effect,” recalls Jaccard.
Mark Jaccard, sustainable energy professor in resource & environmental management, is interviewed in the Tyee.
June 4, 2020
While we may all experience a severe disruption like Covid-19, we are not all equal in the face of it. Not everyone has the luxury of working from home. Not every business owner has insurance or can equally cope with risks. So everyone starts out at different points of vulnerability in their recovery journey. However, many recovery programs use an equality framing (like programs after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina) which means that resources are spread across as many businesses as possible regardless of need or social context.
Jeremy Stone, of the Community Economic Development program at SFU writes an op-ed.
May 16, 2020
With most major parts of the economy remaining shut two months into the pandemic, and consumer confidence at a record low, modelling what a business might be worth in, say, six months to two years from now is tough.
Jeremy Stone, director of the Community Economic Development program at SFU, writes an op-ed.
April 29, 2020
"However much upheaval the global COVID-19 pandemic has generated, a great deal more is coming. The economic disaster is already the object of frantic analysis, much of which tells us we can expect a bottom that matches or exceeds the Great Depression of the 1930s, at least as measured by conventional economic indicators like GDP, unemployment, and bankruptcies. This narrative provides the backbeat to the competing attempts to organize our attention during the passage through present and future trials."
Geoff Mann, an SFU professor of geography, writes an op-ed.
April 27, 2020
Holden said that post-pandemic, the city will have a “crucial play to make. … We have seen in other cities when they have a big downturn, arts and culture organizations and small businesses have a window to come in if there are programs and opportunities to do so.”
Meg Holden, an SFU professor of urban studies and geography is quoted.
April 23, 2020
“Any time you have nearby or neighbouring jurisdictions that have different kinds of regulatory environments, it creates a lot of challenges regarding enforcement,” said Valorie Crooks, a professor of geography at Simon Fraser University who holds the Canada Research Chair in health service geographies.
Valorie Crooks, an SFU professor of geography, is quoted.
April 23, 2020
“It raises a whole lot of questions about how you enforce and what kinds of abilities you have to enforce measures you put in place,” she said.
Valorie Crooks, an SFU professor of geography, is quoted.
April 20, 2020
According to a study by the School of Resources and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University, 50% of British Columbians are involved in some form of outdoor recreation, with hiking, fishing and boating being the top most popular summer activities.
April 17, 2020
"It sends an important signal that the federal government doesn't intend to back away from its climate plan but, rather, is inclined to orient relief, and we hope subsequent stimulus efforts, towards activities that are aligned with their climate commitment and will reduce pollution"
Merran Smith, SFU executive director of Clean Energy Canada think tank, is quoted.
April 8, 2020
"It feels good to support local farmers and their heirloom produce," Soma said.
Tammara Soma, an SFU assistant professor of resource and environmental management, is quoted.
April 8, 2020
Jeremy Stone, SFU director of the Community Economic Development program sits down to discuss the lasting impacts of our state of pandemic on businesses and communities.
April 5, 2020
“Governments are going to pour the money in, short-term, to where workers are already skilled and to regions where they’re already working,” he said. “So it’s going to be in to fossil fuel-endowed areas.”
Mark Jaccard, an SFU professor of resource and environmental management, is quoted.
March 31, 2020
“Rethink the portion sizes,” said Soma. “We often serve too much food. It’s so important for people not to waste food.”
Tammara Soma, an SFU professor of resource and environmental management, weighs in on the importance of smart shopping during the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 27, 2020
Geoff Mann, an SFU professor of geography, contributes to the topic of COVID-19's impact on the world with excerpt, The Resurrection of the Welfare State, Big Brother Style.
March 27, 2020
“Food and food supply has become a core issue in this crisis and declaring our farmers as essential service providers puts the focus on what they do…their contribution has largely been undervalued because we take food for granted,” said Dr. Soma.
Tammara Soma, an SFU Professor of Resource and Environmental Management is interviewed regarding the dependancy on agriculture, as B.C. government declares food cultivation, including farming, livestock, aquaculture and fishing as essential services, during the current COVID-19 crisis.
March 21, 2020
Thomas Gunton, SFU director of the Resource and Environmental Planning Program, discusses the future of oil markets and the energy sector.
CRRF is producing a series of rural insights on key issues impacting rural communities as they face the challenges of managing the pandemic and look to future recovery. CRRF will be publishing reports through the Rural Insights Series: COVID-19 on a rolling basis throughout 2020.
Sean Markey, an SFU professor of Resource and Environmental Management is a main contributer.